News for Sunday, September 25, 2005

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Nation Briefs

Washington sees war protesters

People Briefs

Macpherson lends name to ad campaign

State closes schools in wake of Rita

As a slightly weaker Hurricane Rita headed for the Gulf Coast, Georgia braced for another round of fuel and power shortages. Gov. Sonny Perdue on Friday asked school districts across the state to close Monday and Tuesday to save fuel and electricity.

How to help

Local nonprofit and relief organizations, as well as local businesses, have mobilized to assist hurricane evacuees and victims. Here are a few ways to help out:

Organizations aid evacuees

Nina Harrison

Police: Victims capture woman in home invasion

NORCROSS - Three victims of a home invasion Tuesday overpowered and detained one of the intruders until police could arrive to arrest her.

World Briefs

U.N. atomic watchdog group looks at Iran

Focus on illegal immigrants could help GOP in elections

Illegal immigrants will be the gays of 2006, the group targeted by Republicans to get conservative voters to the polls, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean predicted last spring during a speech in Atlanta.

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Conducting Business

Community Calendar

The Community Calendar runs in Sunday's Local and State section. Send items to calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com or the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Please include event name, address, phone number and cost. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.

Road closures

Bogan Road from Harmony Elementary School to Hamilton Mill Road will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through October for safety improvements to include curb, gutter and sidewalk construction and a multiuse path.

Maxwell vocational students take first-place at conference

Thirty-one Maxwell High School of Technology students made their mark at the annual Fall Leadership Conference for SkillsUSA Georgia, a national club for vocational students.

Verizon to be built at former Fazoli's site

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column that appears in the Sunday business section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Douglas Sams, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Think tanks are rolling in to shape Georgia law

ATLANTA - Lobbyists' influence on the creation of legislation in the General Assembly has begun to be supplanted by a surprising new force: Intellectuals.

Fire briefs

Brush fire spreads to apartment

Avoid lure of cityhood

Peachtree Corners enjoys a well-known identity as a community with high-end office, residential and retail developments. Its mix of housing and retail uses has created a live, work and play environment with a high quality of life that is second to none. It is a place where business interests and homeowners associations, in cooperation with Gwinnett County, have partnered together to improve the area. Peachtree Corners as a known community is a great thing. Peachtree Corners as an incorporated city is not.

In order to be a city under Georgia law, a number of certain services must be provided. If Peachtree Corners was to incorporate as a city, it would have to provide those services. The services include - but are not limited to - police, fire, roads, parks, planning and zoning, and water and sewer. Because many of these services would be cost prohibitive for the city to provide, the county may provide some of them under intergovernmental agreement. Either way, creating another city would create another layer of government and also a duplicity of some services. In reviewing the services the county provides to the citizens of Peachtree Corners, I cannot think of even one service that could be delivered any better or less expensive by a city of Peachtree Corners. On the contrary, I believe the cost of services would increase with residents paying higher taxes for the same, or perhaps even lesser services.

The situation with Sandy Springs is not comparable to Peachtree Corners. Citizens in Sandy Springs experienced a systemic neglect from elected officials going back years and paid taxes that not only did not go to improving their area but also did not have to be paid by residents of Atlanta. Citizens in Peachtree Corners have enjoyed an efficient and complete complement of government services. There is no service delivery issue in Peachtree Corners.

Community identity is important. Buckhead is not a city. Neither is Brookhaven. Tucker is not a city, yet it has an identity, including a main street and a newspaper. All of these areas have identities that evoke certain impressions and thoughts. It is important for Peachtree Corners to maintain its identity and to continue to pursue the things that make it great.

The county is participating in a program to erect "Welcome to Peachtree Corners" signs as well as adding sign toppers to selected road signs identifying the Peachtree Corners community. Programs such as these and other efforts of homeowners and business interests will continue to foster and promote the Peachtree Corners name. This can and should be done without creating an incorporated city, which would bring another layer of government where one is not needed and bring an increase in taxes. Peachtree Corners, yes; a city of Peachtree Corners, no.

Bert Nasuti is the District 2 commissioner for Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett students named to National Merit Scholarship Program

From Staff Reports

Voices in business

Each week the Gwinnett Daily Post profiles the business men and women who help drive the success of local companies and small businesses alike. Interested in a profile? Call Doug Sams, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.

One person killed, another injured when car goes over embankment

LAWRENCEVILLE - One person was killed and another injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon.

GHSA gives teams OK to practice

The Georgia High School Association made a decision Saturday to allow school's athletic teams to practice on Monday and Tuesday despite there being no classes.

City officials come together for county

Changes are coming to Gwinnett's cities, nearly a dozen mayors and council members reported Friday to a crowd of business and civic leaders.

Frank Kucera

Frank Joseph Kucera, age 78, of Loganville, GA died at his home on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 22, 1927. He was preceded ...

Birdie Mae Ramey

Mrs. Birdie Mae (Bert) Ramey, 86, of 2304 Duncans Shore Drive, Buford, passed away on September 24, 2005. A member of pioneer Gwinnett families, Mrs. Ramey was born in Gwinnett ...

J. T. Brown

J. T. Brown, age 86 of Buford, GA passed away September 23, 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille Doss Brown and a son Bobby Brown. He ...

Marvin Dunn

Marvin H. Dunn, age 81 of Loganville, died Friday, September 23, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052. (770)466-1544

Jacob Feagins

Jacob T. Feagins, age 3 months of Buford, died Thursday, September 22, 2005. Graveside Services will be held 3 PM Monday, September 26, 2005 at Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford. Jacob is ...

William Drees

William “Bill” Drees, 65, of Sugar Hill, died September 23, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Drees; daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Greg Summerlin ...